You’ll find travelling around Northumberland easy, whether you explore with or without a car, thanks to well-thought out bus and train services in operation.
Arriva’s Coast and Castles service has an excellent bus service with extra routes running during summer months and peak times.
See Northumberland’s main attractions via the following bus routes:
Northumberland Coast and Castles
Explore the Northumberland Coast and Countryside by Bus with MAX X15, X18 & X20. Arriva’s scenic X18 route runs along the Northumberland coastline from Newcastle to Berwick. It’s an ideal route for walkers heading out to the Northumberland Coast Path.
Hadrian’s Wall Country
The award-winning AD122 Hadrian's Wall Bus operates during the summer months, making it easier to explore our Roman heritage and get out and about in some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. The Hadrian’s Wall Country line train operated by Northern Rail runs regular services which connect with the AD122 at Hexham and Haltwhistle. The AD122 stops at Roman sites in between, including Housesteads, Once Brewed and Haltwhistle.
Morpeth and south east Northumberland to the coast
Catch Arriva’s X18 service from Newcastle to Berwick, calling at Morpeth, Alnwick, Amble and the coast, while the 418 service covers the Alnwick and Belford. The X15 travels from Newcastle to Berwick and the coast and offers great value family tickets which are transferable on all routes.
Wooler and the Cheviots
Explore Wooler and the gateway to the Cheviots with the 267 and 464 routes operated by Glen Valley Tours and Perrymans. The 470 route operated by Travelsure runs on schooldays links Wooler with Chillingham, Chatton and Alnwick.
Kielder Forest & Water Park
The 694 service runs between Kielder and Hexham on Tuesdays and Fridays - click here for more information.
Look out for special offers and passes like Arriva’s Passport Weekly and Discover Day tickets. Valid in the north Northumberland area, ticketholders enjoy benefits including discounted rates at attractions including Bamburgh Castle and Bailiffgate Museum.
Nexus Smart Travel Pop Card
Take advantage of the Pay As You Go smart travel Pop card, operated by Nexus. Essentially brought in to be used on the Tyne & Wear Metro system, it can also be used on Arriva bus services in Northumberland.
Need help planning your route? Traveline North East provides more information or call 0871 200 2233.
Northumberland County Council lists all bus timetables operating in the county too.
Explore Northumberland by car, taking in lovely landscapes, dramatic spots and fascinating history along some of the most scenic roads in the country. Drive the Northumberland Coastal Route, a 39-mile stretch spanning the coastline, taking in seaside villages like Seahouses and Alnmouth.
Northumberland’s quiet roads can get busier in peak times, so allow extra time for your journey and finding a car parking space.
Approximate journey times are:
Newcastle to Hexham: 30 minutes
Berwick to Alnwick: 45 minutes
Rothbury to Otterburn: 40 minutes
Free parking has recently been introduced in council parking places in a number of towns and villages.
You need to display a parking disc for short stay parking in Alnwick, Berwick, Hexham and Morpeth. Discs are available from tourist information centres, libraries, council customer information centres and local businesses (check signs when you park for more information on which businesses have discs).
Find out more about parking locations, time restrictions and where charges apply here.
Enter in the postcode of your destination and find the best fuel prices online.
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Morpeth - Tel : 01670 501900
Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Hexham - Tel : 01434 606161
Free pick-up service available from hotels and train stations in Northumberland.
Cycling is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the Northumberland countryside. The county is criss-crossed with long-distance cycleways including England’s longest ‘challenge’ cycle route the Pennine Cycleway which runs through Haltwhistle, Bellingham and Wooler. The Hadrian's Cycleway runs the length of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site passing roman forts and temples. The Coast and Castles route showcases some of our best coastal attractions including Holy Island, Seahouses and Bamburgh Castle.
Northumberland has two new cycle hubs, based in the towns or Haltwhsitle and Wooler, which are ideal town cycling bases with cycle-friendly accommodation, bike shops, cycle hire and transport companies. Each cycle hub features 7 routes of varying difficulty for you to explore.
Kielder Water & Forest Park also provides a great base for a cycling holiday with an extensive network of off-road tracks as well as the Lakeside Way, a 26 mile trail encircling the shoreline of Kielder Water.
The main East Coast line passes through Northumberland and has stations at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth and Morpeth. Northern Rail operates a service along the East Coast line with stops between Newcastle and Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Cross Country trains run westward from Newcastle, while the Hadrian’s Wall Country Line provides an excellent service along Hadrian’s Wall. Buy a Hadrian's Wall Country Line Day Ranger ticket and hop on and off all day anywhere between Carlisle and Newcastle and beyond Carlisle along the Cumbrian Coast line to Ravenglass.
Visit National Rail Enquiries and The Train Line for help planning your journey and online ticket bookings.
Northern Rail - regional rail operator
ScotRail - regional rail operator
Virgin Trains East Coast - national rail operator
Cross Country Trains - national rail operator
Whether you're visiting one of our historic market towns or trekking across the county you will now be able to find public toilets operated by the local council and tourism businesses. Look out for the "You're welcome to use our Loos' scheme where participating businesses will display the following sticker. Click here for more information about public toilets in Northumberland.